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ChemDraw ~ Favorite Things Series

Imagine the capability of sitting in a chemistry classroom where a professor flicks information to the students, and the students flick their answers right back to the professor.

Through the use of ChemDraw and Chem3D apps newest feature, Flick-to-Share, this is how Professor Layne Morsch conducted his Organic Chemistry class this summer at University of Illinois-Springfield. He armed his students with iPads, and then drawing structures and reaction mechanisms were freely being exchanged in and outside of the classroom.

“I really liked seeing my students involved and engaged.” Morsch said. “One hundred percent of them were engaged.”

Prior to using Flick-to-Share, Morsch said, he noticed that many of his students were hesitant to take down notes.

“A lot of students didn’t want to write the wrong thing in their notebooks,” he said.

Adding the technology component changed that fear. With the increase in participation, Morsch said, he would look at the information shared by his students and give them feedback immediately or right after class.

ChemDraw software has been a staple in the scientific world to draw and share chemical structures since it was first launched in 1986 by PerkinElmer. The expansion of this technology makes the capabilities accessible for anyone.

“The launch of ChemDraw and Chem3D technology in a mobile form is a major milestone in the field of scientific computing,” said Michael Stapleton, Vice President and General Manager, Informatics at PerkinElmer. “As the global leader in chemical drawing, we can now provide all chemists – from research scientists to high school students – with cost effective, portable and accessible applications that capture and share their moments of inspiration. Now everyone, from relative newcomers to the most experienced chemists, can quickly sketch and save ideas and then easily share them, bringing the power PerkinElmer’s ChemDraw and Chem3D technology to the fingertips of researchers.”

Morsch said Flick-to-Share is very easy to use. Students do not have to use a stylus or anything. They can just use the swipe of their fingertip for the magic to occur, regardless of geographic location.

To find out how to tap into the technology at PerkinElmer for your school, call 1-877-PKI-NYSE or visit Engage in the conversation online to keep up with how Flick-to-Share and other technology at PerkinElmer are breaking barriers of the scientific world at www.twitter.come/perkinelmernews.


Collegiate Career Coach’s Favorite Things

Each Wednesday we’re posting interviews of the cool gadgets that are being used at colleges and companies throughout the country. You’ll be amazed at all of the resources that are accessible to you and can really make your college career or the job you do at your workplace so much easier. So stay tuned each Wednesday!

Summer Interns at Dream Purposefully Empowerment Services

For many students not taking summer courses, the semester came to an end about a month ago. But that doesn’t mean they’ve taken their eyes off of their goals.

A few of my journalism students from the Spring semester have joined Dream Purposefully Empowerment Services for the summer to write blogs on their own personal journeys as students. It’s a win-win situation for both them and I and a true example of how education really works. We serve as teachers and students to each other, sharing our experiences and expertise.

So, look out for their writings. Who better to tell the journey of a college student than a current college student?

If you or any other college student you know is interested in blogging for the summer, please contact me at my personal email address or call me at (609) 932-0483.


Do you want a career as opposed to a job? Are you having trouble finding work? Do you feel you are not employable? Does the economy have you down? Have you ever been confused as to the next move in your career? Are you frustrated with your salary?

If any of these thoughts have entered your mind, this teleclass is for YOU!!!! Sign-up information and details will be sent out soon, so stay tuned. Get ready! This teleclass is sure to change your personal perspective money and work.

MLK and the Message to Help Others to Improve Your Job Situation

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, I decided to explore more about a man who stood for equality for everyone. For me, the most impressive part of his life was his selfless character and his spiritual mission to help others.

In applying this to my own life, I do not only look at this one particular day in which we remember him. I take it a step further and look for opportunities where I can help and be of service to others each and every day in my life, ad Martin Luther King, Jr. did.

Many of you might or might not know that I am a huge fan of inspirational quotes. And trust me; Martin Luther King Jr. has a lot of them that I hold so precious in my heart.

As a collegiate career coach, who works with clients in developing a plan to spiritually and clearly help others to identify the talents they have been blessed with and use them to live the purpose of their lives, I, of course, found a Martin Luther King Jr. quote that relates to my own personal ministry and the clients I have the opportunity to work with.

He said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

This means that no matter what our job is, we have a responsibility to do it with passion. This might get difficult sometimes because there are many people who fit into the following categories: frustrating job situations, loss of a job, working at a job that seems not to click with whom you are, feeling unappreciated at work, etc. This list can go and on and on.

These stumbling blocks can be a heart-wrenching situation. I know from personal experience from some of the jobs I have had in the past. From my experience and the experience of many clients I have worked with, I do know this – accepting your situation and doing your best to be helpful to others can and will turn the situation around.

Don’t believe me? Try it! What do you have to lose? When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself, “How can I be helpful to others?” The more helpful you are at your job, the more you are actually fulfilling yourself as well. It is what I like to call a win-win situation.


Mignon Brooks

Collegiate Career Coach

(609) 932-0483